State v. Hudlow

In State v. Hudlow, 99 Wn.2d 1, 16, 659 P.2d 514 (1983) the Court held "the 'compelling state interest' requirement is the proper method of balancing the defendant's right to produce relevant evidence versus the state's interest in limiting the prejudicial effects of that evidence." Thus minimally relevant evidence may be excluded in the face of a compelling state interest; but where the evidence has high probative value "no state interest can be compelling enough to preclude its introduction consistent with the Sixth Amendment and Const. art. 1, 22." Hudlow, 99 Wn.2d at 16.